Thursday, December 6, 2012

The 54th Least Corrupt Country

The latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) shows that Malaysia is ranked the 54th least corrupt country in the world – and tying with Latvia, Czech Republic and Turkey out of 176 nations surveyed.

Regionally, Malaysia did better than Thailand (88), the Philippines (105), Indonesia (118), Vietnam (123), Cambodia (157), Laos (160) and Myanmar (172). But let's not look down, but instead look up otherwise, how can we ever hope to progress? 

And there is no need for the BN government to gloat even though its global ranking appears improved compared to last year, when it was placed 60th out of 183 countries. This is because the PR-ruled states which are demonstrating CAT (i.e. Competency, Accountability and Transparency) had helped push up our ranking by 6 places. It should have been obvious, right?

TI Malaysia president Paul Low noted that the country’s better score in the CPI was still “mediocre”.

On Tuesday, I went to Bandar Sri Damansara to take on the General Evaluator’s role at the Speecom Toastmasters meeting. I thought the evaluations were good but the speeches were less than good. Nevertheless I did enjoy the meeting and I am giving it a score of a 7 out of a 10.

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